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Authority hosting meet-and-greet Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet Cambria County Redevelopment Authority’s new executive director today at the Patton Public Library. There, the authority will host a 2 to 3 p.m. meet-and-greet with Executive Director Renee ...

PennDOT to host meeting on bridge replacement

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From Mirror staff reports PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display for the proposed Route 2005 — Elliots Run Road — Three Springs Creek Bridge Replacement Project in Clay Township, Huntingdon County. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Clay Township ...

Births

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Dec. 27, 2017 Jaden George Strittmatter, a son born to Stephanie M. (Despot) and John M. Strittmatter, Ebensburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 12:04 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017 Riley Ray LeFevre, a son born to Tia R. (Dively) and David M. LeFevre, Woodbury, at Conemaugh ...

Agriculture faces sticky situation

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HARRISBURG — Honeybees may be small, but they are big in importance. According to the Pennsyl­vania State Beekeepers Asso­ciation, the honeybee population has been declining, and researchers are working to understand why. Some of the reasons include poor nutrition, pesticides, pests ...

Pa. courts put Megan’s Law in limbo

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Following the sentencing of an area man last month for indecent assault, Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio informed the judge that the next step in the process — a hearing to determine if the defendant was required to register as a sex offender — had to ...

Altoona Area passes budget

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The Altoona Area School Board voted 8-1 Monday to pass a proposed preliminary budget in order to receive state exceptions to the Taxpayer Relief Act’s index. Board Vice President Sharon Bream cast the single vote against the budget, which seeks state approval for maximum tax increases to ...

Former Altoona resident to appear on Netflix with Jack Black

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With a trumpet pressed to his lips, Steve Saive stands on a stage next to movie star Jack Black as he belts out a tune. That’s the scene painted in a still photograph from the upcoming release of “The Polka King,” a movie about the notorious musician Jan Lewan that is scheduled for a ...

Man accused of burglary, theft

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A Huntingdon County man faces a long list of charges after he allegedly broke into several Blair Township residences. Dustin A. Kanagy, 31, of Huntingdon, was arrested early Tuesday after Blair Township police responded to the 200 block of Hamer Drive for a report of a burglary in ...

City man accused of selling heroin

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An Altoona man is behind bars after police say he sold heroin to a police informant. John “Louie” Wissinger, 25, was arrested by Altoona police Monday in the parking lot of a store on the 1000 block of North Fourth Avenue in Juniata just moments after he allegedly handed off the ...

Sen. Eichelberger details goals for 2018

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While not tipping his hand about a possible run for Congress, Blair County Republican Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, said his focus in the state Senate this year will include pushing for his “paycheck protection” bill and accountability in government. “The people of the 30th ...

Verilla decides to resign from seat on Tyrone council

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TYRONE — Borough Councilman Nate Verilla has resigned his seat, citing lack of time because of a new business he’s started, according to Mayor Bill Latchford, speaking after a council meeting Monday. Verilla, who took office in early 2016 as one of four Republican newcomers, served half ...

Official: Frozen pipe that thawed caused B building leak

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The pipe leak that spilled 2 to 3 inches of water in an art room and hallway in the B building during a crucial board vote Monday night appeared to be the result of a frozen pipe that thawed, Altoona Area Community Relations Director Paula Foreman said Tuesday. That pipe runs from the senior ...

Dunmire Printing to be redeveloped

Local Business

A Better Address LLC, an Altoona real estate development and management company, has secured financing for the redevelopment of the former Dunmire Printing building at 818-820 12th St. into a mixed-use commercial and high-end residential property. CBT Bank, a division of Riverview Bank, is ...

Warming centers close

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With temperatures in the 40s and lows for the rest of the week predicted to be above freezing, the city announced Tuesday that its four fire stations are no longer available as warming centers. The city opened the stations for people who didn’t have heat in their homes or were otherwise ...

Area briefs

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Sheetz sets record with lottery prizes Sheetz Inc. announced a record-setting year of luck for customers, paying out $96,660,288 in lottery cash prizes to Pennsylvania customers in 2017. The top-winning lottery tickets for Sheetz in 2017 included a $3 million scratch-off game sold at Sheetz ...

Briefcase

Local Business

County Chamber to hold workshop on opioid crisis In response to the growing opioid epidemic, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Safety Committee will hold an educational workshop from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Duncansville. The workshop — “The Opioid ...

AASD pauses proposed project for two months

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The Altoona Area School Board voted 5-4 Monday night to put a two-month pause on the proposed $88 million high school project, even as a broken pipe flooded a nearby hallway with 2 to 3 inches of water. District administrators tried to get an emergency stop to the meeting when the pipe ...

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Chamber sets breakfast club TYRONE — The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Bull Pen Restaurant. Cathy Griffith, president of the Griffith Family Foundation, will be the guest speaker. She will present “Believe Always Together We Can ...

More hint at run for Shuster’s 9th seat

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A week after Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, announced his intention to leave the House of Representatives, a growing field of hopeful Republican successors has taken shape. As of Monday, at least three GOP candidates had announced campaigns, while two possible names declined to run and ...

Duncansville hires Ketner as police chief

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DUNCANSVILLE — Faced with a roomful of vocal residents, Duncansville Borough Council hired a new police chief Monday night. Jeff Ketner will take the reins of the borough’s police department, Borough Council decided in a narrow vote in which only three of the five members cast a vote. ...